The Piedmont Triad offers numerous festive activities this holiday season but one stands out each year as a must see each year. Tanglewood’s Festival of Lights (presented by BB&T) is not only one of the largest light shows in the Southeast but it provides a magical setting for everyone looking to get in the holiday spirit.
This year marks 22 years of service for the Festival of Lights. Currently, the Festival of Lights now entails almost 4 miles of lights with just under 100 different light displays. These lights depict all kinds of fun scenes, from the classic holiday displays of Santa Claus or jingle bells to the whimsical water scenes of a sea serpent and mermaid at Skilpot Lake.
In addition to the light displays, there are also other holiday offerings at Tanglewood during the Festival of Lights. Mr. & Mrs. Claus are available at their workshop (found at the Holiday Gift Village) for visits and pictures. Make sure to visit Tanglewood’s Gift Shop, which is located at the Red Barn, for a variety of special crafts, gifts & wood workings. Make an evening at the Festival of Lights by also enjoying dinner which is provided by Bullzhead Brandz at the Red Barn. A fun way to enjoy the Festival of Lights is with their hayrides or horse-drawn carriages. For more information or to make a reservation, contact the Tanglewood Stables at (336) 765-9540.
Tanglewood’s Festival of Lights is open nightly from 6 to 11 p.m. until January 1, 2014. Rates vary from weekdays to weekends with it costing cars, vans & trucks $10 Monday through Thursday and $15 Friday through Sunday.
Looking for an even different way to view the lights? Sign up for Running of the Lights to start the New Year by running a race through the Festival of Lights at midnight on New Years Eve.
Click here for a map of all the displays available this year (page 2). Visit the Festival of Lights’ website for full details, rates and information. Make sure to tune into 99.5 WMAG on your radio during your ride through the lights for holiday music to make the ride more festive!